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2009-09-19 13:49:20

E. coli outbreaks linked to petting farms warrant review of guidelines involving children and animals, a British bacteriologist said. We have to look very, very seriously at the guidelines that we have been running for many years and see if they need changing, Hugh Pennington, Britain's foremost specialist on E. coli, told the BBC in a story aired Saturday. Penning said he was not terribly happy that children under age 5 were allowed to touch lambs, calves, goats and other animals at petting...

2009-04-30 17:34:18

Petting zoo operators need to adhere to guidelines for supervised hand washing to reduce the risk of infection in children, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly Report said animal settings provide an opportunity for human-animal contact that may facilitate disease transmission. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians released recommendations to minimize risks associated with animals in public settings. The recommendations...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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